Flea and Tick Prevention & Treatment in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn
At Clinton Hill Animal Clinic, we want to spare your pets from unnecessary pain and suffering. Fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites are big risks for Brooklyn cats and dogs, but prevention is as easy as using the right products each month. Learn more about our effective, veterinary-strength parasite prevention products, as well as our treatment options for pets with current infestations.
Fleas, Ticks, and Other Common Pet Parasites Seen By Our Clinton Hill Veterinarian
Every pet needs a customized parasite prevention regimen, to reflect their unique needs and risks. For example, some dogs spend time in wooded areas, increasing their risks of tick exposure. However, it's important to be aware of all the parasites that could pose a problem for your pet. Our animal hospital in Brooklyn offers preventative products and treatments for the following parasites:
Fleas – External parasites that can infest you and your environment; prevention is much easier than elimination, and infestations can cause constant itching, allergic reactions, blood loss, and infections like Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD)
Ticks – These disease-carrying parasites hide in low, thick brush or grasses and are related to mites and spiders; ticks cause serious and possibly life-threatening illnesses like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)
Mites – Ear mites, mange, and other mite infestations are painful and debilitating for pets, so it's important to catch them early or prevent them with thorough hygiene and wellness regimens
Worms – Internal parasites can wreak havoc on vital organs, so it's important to stop fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other parasites before your pets ingest larvae and develop infestations. Common worms for dogs and cats include intestinal worms and heartworm infestations
How to Prevent Internal and External Parasites
Your pet needs regular preventative products to effectively prevent fleas and ticks. These products also prevent a variety of worms and mites, but our vet may recommend additional products to prevent heartworm and other internal parasites. After we recommend the right products for your family, it will be your responsibility to administer them on a monthly or bimonthly basis. Your options include oral and topical medications, which will make your pet's blood or skin "inhospitable" hosts for would-be parasites.
Treatments for Pet Parasites
If your dog or cat already has internal or external parasites, make an appointment at Clinton Hill Animal Clinic. Our Brooklyn veterinary team offers deworming, flea baths, and treatments for heartworm, hookworm, and other internal parasites.
When people think of fleas and ticks, they naturally think of pets, and vice versa. But this association shouldn't be thought of as a normal or acceptable one for your beloved dog or cat. These external parasites can damage the skin, transfer deadly diseases, and generally make your pet's life miserable. That's why you need the flea and tick prevention and treatment services provided by Clinton Hill Animal Clinic.
How External Parasites Threaten Your Brooklyn Pet
Some parasites, notably worms, take up residence within your pet's body. External parasites such as fleas and ticks prefer to hitch a ride by biting your pet and hanging on. They then draw blood from your pet's body for nourishment while laying eggs that will turn into additional fleas or ticks. The heaviest infestations can actually kill small or baby animals through the sheer blood loss involved. But even a single flea or tick can do serious harm to your pet through:
- Skin problems - Flea and tick bites tend to cause dermatitis and pruritis (itching). As your pet scratches or bites the irritated lesions, the skin may become broken. This can lead to serious skin infections.
- Communicable diseases - Fleas are known to carry such dangerous diseases as plague, cat scratch diseases, and a red blood cell disease called haemobartonellosis. They can even infest your pet with internal parasites in the form of tapeworms. Ticks carry ehrlichoisis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, and tick paralysis.
Tick and Flea Treatment and Preventative Care at Our Veterinary Clinic
The safest strategy to keep fleas and ticks from doing any harm to your pet is preventative care. Our veterinary clinic can set your pet up with an ongoing, lifelong program of preventative medications to keep those tiny invaders from reaching dangerous maturity. Depending on your pet's lifestyle, we may recommend topical preventatives, oral drugs, and/or a flea/tick collar. (Some products kill one pest but not the other, which may mean prescribing more than one medicine.) If your pet is already infested, don't panic. Our Brooklyn veterinary clinic can provide tick and flea treatment products ranging from medicated shampoos to drugs that kill pests within 24 hours. We can also instruct you on methods for ridding your lawn and household of ticks, fleas, and their eggs.
Keep Your Pet Safe and Healthy -- Contact Our Brooklyn Veterinarians
Our Brooklyn veterinarians are ready to help your pet overcome his flea and tick issues and prevent future issues from occurring. Call Clinton Hill Animal Clinic at (718) 623-3999 to schedule parasite treatment and/or preventative care!